$20 Aakash 2 Android tablet goes official, unveiled by Indian president
posted by Victor H. / Nov 12, 2012, 3:55 AM
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee officially launched the affordable device on Sunday. "Technology enabled learning is a very important aspect of education. This must be adapted to our specific needs and introduced expeditiously in all educational institutions across the country," he said.
What you get for that is a simple 7-inch Android tablet, and that’s great. It features a 1GHz Cortex-A8 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4 gigs of internal storage. The Aakash 2 runs on Android 4.0.3, and does feature a built-in WiFi connectivity and a VGA camera up front for video chats. Battery life is not stellar at 3 hours, but we'd take this at the price.
The trick with the price is that it applies to students only, while others will have to pay $80 for the device. It’s all about getting tablets in the hands of as many students as possible. The initial plan is for the first batch of 100,000 tablets to go out to students.
source: Venture Beat via Engadget
Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011
meh.. Another rebranded Chinese tablet using the crappy Allwinner A10/13 SoC. That thing will never support Jelly Bean nor will it provide a decent level of performance. I myself have a slightly better tablet (Novo 7 Elf) with the same hardware and I wouldn't recommend anything which uses that poor SoC.
posted on Nov 12, 2012, 5:09 AM 1
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It's Indian n not Chinese. I guess the core purpose of the tab to assist learning... Guess updates is not important
posted on Nov 12, 2012, 7:44 AM 3
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did you even read the article? this tablet has been subsidized by the government so that those students who cant afford expensive tech can still get a tablet Its not a matter of rebranding. I think its a great initiative
posted on Nov 12, 2012, 10:50 AM 1
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Read again and understand, it is for the Students, specially those students who cannot afford entire yearly course and notebooks. This thing can provide them way too much, including the element of excitment of using the latest Tech form.
posted on Nov 12, 2012, 8:39 AM 2
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You can buy this right now on eBay for $69.95 for a 8GB model with free shipping from within the USA. Of course its not going to be something as fast as we're used here in America, but we need to remember that this is a $70 tablet. I've checked out YouTube videos on the Allwinner A13 soc running on these 7" tablets and its slow but it looks usable. All I can say is keep your mind open. Don't expect these to perform like a Nexus 7.
posted on Nov 13, 2012, 9:37 AM 0
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I like that. but how bout subsidizing the nexus 7 so that I can buy it at the sweet Rs 10000 and not 20000(400$)
posted on Nov 12, 2012, 5:41 AM 2
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careful there! rectangle with rounded corners! you might end up paying billion. to get that you will have to sell really lot of tablets at the $ 20 price.
posted on Nov 12, 2012, 6:35 AM 5
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Wish Apple good luck if they sue Indian Govt. They will need to pay billions to ministers first to get things done. India is a tough ground as per TIM Cook (because here even public opposition can annul a Patent) ... so customer is the "bully" here by and large :)
posted on Nov 12, 2012, 4:12 PM 1
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